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December 2019
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Ruben Salas Cabrera

Ruben Salas Cabrera, age 67 of Buckeye, AZ died December 27, 2019 in Buckeye, AZ.  He was born May 18, 1952 in Phoenix, AZ to Ylario Cabrera and Esther Salas. He grew up in Avondale, AZ and attended Agua Fria High School.  He worked for Atlas Van Lines for over 40 years.

Ruben was a cowboy!  He was a sharp dresser, always wearing his cowboy hat and boots, even with his shorts while doing yard work.  He enjoyed listening to country/western music and especially loved watching cowboy movies on TV.  He was even an avid Dallas Cowboy’s fan, often betting his sons-in-law on the outcome of the games.  He also enjoyed watching wrestling and boxing.

Ruben loved his family dearly.  A fighter, he never wanted anyone to worry about him.  His children and grandchildren were his world.  His every thought was for their comfort.  He is survived by his wife, Debbie Cabrera; daughters, Angelica Cabrera, Martha Cabrera, and Dolores Valenzuela; sons, Ruben Cabrera, Jr.; Albert Cabrera, and Joe Valenzuela; mother, Esther S. Cabrera; brothers, Rogelio, Frank, and Martin Cabrera; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his father, Ylario Cabrera and his first wife, Mickie.

A visitation will be held at 1:00 pm with a rosary at 2:00 pm and a funeral service at 2:30 pm, Friday, January 3, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ  85338.  Condolences for the family may be left below.

Brandon Andre Champagne

Brandon Andre Champagne, 21, of Goodyear, Arizona, died on Dec. 17, 2019, in his home, suddenly in his sleep, in Avondale/Goodyear.  Although only 21 at the time of his death, Brandon impacted many people in his lifetime with his kind soul. He always took people under his wing to ensure they were okay. He wore his heart on his sleeve and looked out for others.

He was never deep into education but always put his best foot forward. During his high school days, he was known for his laughs and smiles at the Goodyear Skate Park. For several years, his transportation and passion were in skateboarding, but, we can’t forget his night owl competition in video games. When high school came to an end, he graduated from Agua Fria High School.

When it came time for planning his future, he began following his father’s footsteps in a love of cars. His father got him hooked up with an amazing shop and opportunity, where he became an apprentice at Theim Automotive.  Not only was he an apprentice, but he also became part of the family at Theim Automotive. Dori and Brad took Brandon under their wing as their own son. They even took him on a week-long cruise. He was loved dearly, by them.

Brandon was committed to friendship. He was very loyal to his close friends, Nick and Seth, who became brothers very quickly; along with his close girlfriend, Hailey.

Brandon was known for his very quiet, but goofy personality. He kept to himself but always took the time to listen to his friends and family. His sensitive nature caused him to worry about everyone. He made sure that others’ needs were taken care of before his own. He loved his family deeply and would never say goodbye without saying, “I love you.”

Brandon was born in Yorba Linda, California and grew up in Avondale, Arizona. He is one of two beloved children to Pamela and Andre’ Champagne, Jr. Besides his parents, Brandon leaves behind his sister, Brittani Duval-Champagne; and many other loving family members and friends, brother in law, Marc Duval; niece, Annabelle Duval; grandmother, Carol Pederson; aunts, Valerie Roderick, Faith Dighero, Debbie Cook; cousins, Jenna Roderick, Danielle Carter, Brianna Wood; and friends, Brad and Dori Theim, Seth Kieren and Theresa Elwood, Nick Mroczek, and Hailey Nance. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Andre Champagne, Sr.; grandparents, Herman and Nancy Wyrick; grandparents, Jackie and John Jacoby; and grandfather, Don Pederson.
A memorial service will be held from 9:00 – 12:00 pm, Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Palm Valley Church, 431 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  Condolences for the family may be left below.

Yvonne (Bonnie) Madden

Yvonne (Bonnie) Madden passed away on December 20, 2019.  She was born in Kearney, Nebraska on April 29, 1929, moved to Arizona in 1941 and was a long-time resident of Avondale, Arizona.  She is survived by her sister, Beverly Stamper; children, Keith Madden, Kay Irvin, and Kathi King; six grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Madden; sisters, Louise Hinkle, and Arlene Evans; brothers, Delbert, Donald, and Doyle Shunk.

Services are being held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, January 4, 2020 with visitation from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona 85338.  Condolences for the family may be left below.

Carl Joseph Kubler

Carl Joseph Kubler, age 65 of Buckeye, AZ died December 21, 2019, in Buckeye, AZ. He was born November 5, 1954, in Bremerton, WA to Clarence Joseph and Margaret Atkinson Kubler. Growing up he lived in Germany, South Dakota, and Tucson, AZ. He attended the University of South Dakota and received a degree in nursing.

Carl worked for 35 years as a nurse; many of those years at Wickenburg Community Hospital. He was proud to be a nurse – a really good nurse. His tender care for his patients encompassed both physical and emotional needs. His compassion assured that no patient ever felt alone. He also worked as a traveling nurse which enabled him and his wife to enjoy California beaches and other sites that he had always wanted to visit.

While living in Wickenburg Carl was privileged to ride in the DC Ride for 14 years with many of those rides as trail boss. He loved the desert. He would often take native desert materials and fashion them into beautiful benches, shadow boxes, and vases. Even rocks became treasured artifacts after he had polished them up. He was never happier than when he was at home with Linda; his dogs, Cowboy and Chica; and cat, Clarence, sitting outside watching the sunset.

Carl is survived by his wife, Linda Kubler; daughter, Daffney Hoffman (Allen); son, Jeremy Kubler (Kim); sisters, Gretchen Housman (Lee), Kathleen Hawes (Gary), and Erika Warren; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his brother, John (Steven) Kubler.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, January 25, 2020, at the AZ Vineyard Church, 255 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, 85338, AZ with a reception to follow. Memorial gifts may be sent to Pat Foster, 4612 W Monte Cristo, Glendale AZ 85306. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly, age 66 of Buckeye, AZ died December 24, 2019 in Buckeye, AZ.  He was born October 4, 1953 in Corona, CA, the youngest of two sons born to Ronald and Blanche (Miller) Kelly.  He graduated from Huntington Beach High School.   A self-made man, Michael began working as a mechanic in a construction company at the age of 17.  His ingenuity helped him to advance quickly within the company. He enrolled in college while in his forties and graduated from Pepperdine University.  He went on to become the President of Sukut Equipment and Vice-President of Sukut Construction, Inc.

A visionary man, Michael’s resourcefulness allowed him to achieve his aspirations.  He retired early to live his dream life on the beaches of Kona, HI.  Once there, he spent many hours volunteering and became the President of the Rotary Club.  Life in Hawaii taught him how to give back.  His sincerity and warmth included everyone he met.  He had a genuine, infectious laugh that immediately made you feel good.  He loved to play golf and used the time on the golf course to make memories with friends.  He was a member of a golf group in Verrado that boasted, “We may not be the best of golfers but we are the best of friends.”

Michael also loved boating, flying his Cessna, waterskiing on the Colorado River, and lying on the beach.  He was always organized, prepared, and willing to do anything for his friends and family.   His love for his family was demonstrated in the careful way that he planned and cared for their every need and desire.  He is survived by his wife, Tammy Kelly; daughters, Allison (Kelly) Matsuo, and Alyssa (Kelly) Engelson; son, Todd Kelly; and seven grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Blanche Kelly, and his brother, Danny Kelly.

A memorial service will be held at the Verrado Golf Club, with time and date to be determined.   Condolences for the family may be left below.

Jean Anne Grabner

Jean Anne Grabner, age 81 of Goodyear, Arizona died December 4, 2019, in Glendale. She was born September 21, 1938, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the oldest of two children born to John Robert and Esther Shifferd. As a young girl during WWII, Jean and her family moved frequently around the US before eventually settling in southern California. She and her brother Charles became very close throughout their lives and shared a home before her passing.

Jean had three children Wendelyn, Jeff, and Shawn during her first marriage. When her marriage ended, she took over sole custody of her children with Charles and his former wife Janie Shifferd’s help. Feisty and determined, she learned shorthand, secretarial skills, and even how to drive her V.W. Bug so that she could financially care for her family. Her spelling was always accurate and her penmanship impeccable. Her meticulous approach to her vocation led her to become an executive assistant for a variety of company presidents and attorneys during her career.

Jean met her husband, Clem Grabner when she worked for Control Data in Sunnyvale, California. Clem had four children from his previous marriage Mark, Gary, David, and Carol. Both families enjoyed summers together in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Clem’s jobs with both the U.S. Air Force and then the Social Security Administration kept the family relocating around the country including Ohio, Alabama, and finally Fairfax, Virginia. Jean gladly kept working to help support their family. After retirement, Clem and Jean moved to Carrollton, Texas and finally Goodyear, Arizona to be close to their families.

Jean enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. She loved to cook and would often watch cooking shows with the recipes open, noting the changes that she would make to please certain palates. She enjoyed shopping every day and making new recipes. She found joy in creating the food, but often gave away all but her portion to others. She was an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and a member of the Altar Guild.

Jean loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed attending their baseball games, dance recitals, and cheer competitions. She always played Candy Land with them and so she was affectionately known as “Grandma Nutt.”

Jean is survived by her daughter, Wendelyn Le Erazo; sons, Jeffrey Allen and Shawn Robert Stark; brother, Charles H. Shifferd; stepdaughter, Carol Fitzgerald; stepsons, Mark Grabner, Dr. Gary Grabner; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Clem Grabner. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 4th at 1:00 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 400 S Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society at cancerresearch.org.   Condolences for the family may be left below.

Gail Rachelle Nicholson

Gail Rachelle Nicholson, age 67 of Goodyear, AZ died December 15, 2019, in Sun City, AZ. She was born February 2, 1952, in Erie, PA to Charles and Shirley Sheehan Griewahn. She moved to Arizona at a young age and grew up in Phoenix. Gail worked as a waitress for many years at Bob’s Big Boy, Coco’s and most recently at Cracker Barrel. She was loyal to her employers and customers, staying with each restaurant for many years. Energetic and hardworking, she taught aerobics and often rode her bicycle to work.

Gail worked hard to provide a welcoming, comfortable home for her family and guests alike. She was an excellent cook and loved to entertain as well as cook for her children. She loved animals and included many rescue dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, and even chickens, cows, and horses in her household. Her family was very important to her and she often worried and prayed for each family member. She was staunchly loyal, loved unconditionally and freely forgave. Her perseverance without complaint inspired her children and friends.

Gail is survived by her daughter, Stacia Tolley; sons, Cory French, Clint French, and Eric Nicholson; father, Charles Griewahn; sisters, Chrisy Griewahn, and Susan Wallace; brothers, Kurt Russell, Eric Russell, and Charlie Griewahn; and five grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at a date and time yet to be determined. The family suggests that donations be made to the ASPCA, https://secure.aspca.org/donate. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Walter Elliott Ekstrom

Walter Elliott Ekstrom, age 79 of Goodyear, AZ died December 18, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born March 29, 1940, in Chicago, IL to Regner and Florence Ekstrom. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Martin Arturo Nuñez, Sr.

Martin Arturo Nuñez, Sr., age 50 of Tonopah, AZ died December 17, 2019. He was born September 11, 1969, in Sonoyta, Mexico to Diego Labandera and Maria Del Carmen Bustamante. He grew up in Gila Bend, AZ and graduated from Gila Bend High School. Martin worked for 16 years as the floor manager in logistics and distribution for the WalMart Distribution Center in Buckeye, AZ. He was a hard worker and became a mentor to many of his coworkers. He was friendly, easy to talk to, and liked by everyone who knew him.

With the exception of dreaming about retiring in Mexico, Martin lived in the moment. He was fond of Rocky Point, Mexico and loved to visit. He was passionate about Rams football and Dodger baseball. He enjoyed making carne asada, singing karaoke and dancing. He liked playing horseshoes and pool. He loved his toys! Corvettes, quads, motorcycles, Ski-Doo’s, all provided hours of great adventure and enjoyment! He especially loved being with his family and playing with his grandchildren.

Martin is survived by his wife of 18 years, Alma Cristina Nuñez; daughter, Marissa Nuñez; son, Martin Nuñez, Jr.; mother, Maria Del Carmen Bustamante; sisters, LisElaine Luna and Mirza Jaquez; brothers, Daniel Nuñez, and Steven Nuñez; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Diego Labandera and Jose Fermin Nuñez.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Saturday, December 21, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Harry Joseph Panis

Harry Joseph Panis, age 71 of Avondale, AZ died December 17, 2019, in Avondale, AZ. He was born November 5, 1948, in Phoenix, AZ to Jimmie and Soledad Panis. Harry graduated from East High School where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. He served in the US Navy from March 1968 to September 1971 as a parachute rigger, E-5. He was a disabled veteran of the Vietnam War. He enjoyed bowling, playing tennis and golf. Outgoing and friendly, he told a “joke” to every person he met.

Harry is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Panis; sons, Timothy Panis, and Jefferson Panis and his wife K. Denise Panis; mother, Soledad Panis; sisters Regina Montero, and Cindy Burruel; brother, Regene Panis; four grandchildren, Kyle, Kona, Madeleine, and Elise Panis; many sisters and brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews; and his loyal canine companions, DJ, and Honey. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmie Panis.

A memorial service will be held at 8:00 am, Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Chloeann McGraw

Chloeann McGraw, age 83 of Avondale, AZ died December 9, 2019, in Peoria, AZ. She was born September 20, 1936, in Beloit, WI to Richard and Beaulah (Brown) Dooley. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Lindemann; sons, Marvin, Edward, Earl, and Jim McGraw.  Condolences for the family may be left below.

Steven Francisco Ponce

Steven Francisco Ponce, age 42 of Tolleson, AZ died December 16, 2019, in Tolleson, AZ. He was born May 15, 1977, in Gallup, NM to Lazaro and Virginia Ponce. Steven worked in a warehouse. He enjoyed playing golf and baseball and liked to rap. He is survived by his sons, Jodeci Taylor, Cohen Ponce, and Roary Ponce; parents, Lazaro and Virginia Ponce; and sister, Cynthia Luz P. Maldonado.

A visitation will be held at 8:00 am followed by a funeral service at 9:30 am, Monday, December 23, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Philip Ray Nees

Philip Ray Nees, age 49 of Litchfield Park, AZ died December 15, 2019, in Avondale, AZ. He was born June 24, 1970, in Champaign, IL to Kenneth and Charlotte Nees. His family moved frequently, and as a result, he lived in Oklahoma, Chicago, IL, and Forsyth, IL. He graduated from Warrensburg High School and attended Western Illinois University. His first job was shoeing Arabian horses. He took pride in what he learned in this job and would willingly share what he knew about Arabian horses if you spoke with him long enough.

Philip lived a large life. A hard-working professional, he embodied the phrase, “work hard, play hard.” He was a perfectionist and a problem solver who believed any problem could be solved. He owned a Harley Davidson dealership in Illinois and came to visit Arizona. The family fell in love with the weather and traveled back and forth between Arizona and Illinois for many years before finally settling in Arizona. Once in Arizona Philip followed a dream and began a trucking company, “Nees’ Transport.” He enjoyed golf and played like no one else! Since failure was never an option, he practiced until he became a good golfer.

Philip’s life encompassed everyone. Outgoing and friendly, he never met a stranger. A handshake was never as good as a bear hug. He included his children in everything that he did and gave them as much as he could. He is survived by his wife, Sherry R. Nees; sons, Austin and Coty Nees; brother, Michael Nees; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Nees and mother Charlotte Nees. A Celebration of Life will be held on January 3, 2020, at Estrella Golf Course. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Gilbert Pariga

Gilbert Pariga, age 74 of Goodyear, AZ died December 16, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. He was born March 26, 1945 in Camp 54 in Litchfield Park, AZ to Arturo and Vincenta Moreno Pariga. He graduated from Agua Fria High School. As a young man, he enjoyed playing little league baseball and was an excellent bowler. He worked for Revlon for 25 years.

Gilbert always had a smile on his face and took notice of the needs of everyone around him. He was an excellent neighbor, helping his neighbors to take care of their yards and homes whenever they were in need. He was an outstanding friend, never forgetting a birthday, lending support and a helping hand when friends were sad. He was an exceptional parishioner, always helping priests and parishioners alike at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.   He was an extraordinary son, brother, and uncle who was always there to assist and support his family.

Gilbert is survived by his sisters, Cruz Dominguez, Mary Ellen Heiny, Rose Mary Loza, and Lori Pariga; brother, Arthur Pariga; and stepmother, Lucita Pariga. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arturo and Vicenta Pariga; and sister, Herlinda P. Ford. A visitation will be held at 9:00 am, with a rosary at 10:00 am and mass at 10:30 am, Monday, December 23, 2019, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family suggests that donations be made to the St. John Vianney School Fund. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Dr. Duane E. Hauser D.V.M.

Dr. Duane E. Hauser D.V.M., age 87 of Goodyear, Az. died December 12, 2019, in Surprise, Az.  He was born February 5, 1932, in Mason City, IA. to Wade and Eloise Parsons Hauser.  He served in the US Army from 1953 until his discharge in 1955, retiring at the rank of 1st. Lt. A kind and gentle man, Duane was a veterinarian by profession.  After his retirement, he and his first wife, Joan moved to PebbleCreek.  Following Joan’s death, Duane met Gloria, a widow who also lived in PebbleCreek by telling her he wanted to meet her dog.

Duane always had a smile on his face and a “get ‘er done” attitude.  Both he and Gloria have worked as volunteers at the Abrazo West Campus since 2003.  Known affectionally as “the energizer bunny”, Duane received the Lifetime Achievement Award last Spring for volunteering over 10,000 hours at the hospital.  People would often ask his advice about a problem or condition their pet was experiencing, and he would willingly and lovingly give them his opinion with this admonition, “the advice I give is worth every penny you paid for it.”

When not playing golf or volunteering, he loved doing cross-stitch, an art Gloria taught him after they married.  He lovingly cross-stitched Christmas stockings for each of his grandchildren and each great-grandchild, something they will cherish for sure.

Duane is survived by his wife, Gloria Betts Hauser; daughters Kim Haines, and Lisa Adkins and her husband Roy; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a step-son David Betts and his wife Anne; and a stepdaughter Teresa Ingebrigtsen and her husband Jon. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan Hauser; and his youngest daughter, Beth Hauser; two brothers; and his parents. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 N. Sarival Ave, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  The family suggests that donations be made to K-nines for Wounded Warriors, https://www.k9sforwarriors.org/.  Condolences for the family may be left below.

William David Krohn

William David Krohn, age 59 of Goodyear, AZ died December 10, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born August 25, 1960, in Madison, WI to William E. and L. Suzanne Krohn. Bill grew up in Madison, WI and Palatine, IL where he attended Palatine High School. Extremely gifted, Bill went on to a very successful business career. Though not formally trained, he was brilliant and comfortable making big decisions. He was a pioneer and an innovator in the e-commerce industry specializing in car sales. He was the Vice-President of ADP Dealer Services where he developed Auto Connect. He also served as the President and General Manager of Cars.com.

Bill is survived by his brother Jeffrey D. Krohn; his father William E. Krohn; and his dear friend Bridgette Horn. He was preceded in death by his brother, Steven D. Krohn and his mother, L. Suzanne Krohn. A memorial service will be held at a date and time yet to be determined in Richland Center, WI. Interment will be at the Woodstock Cemetery, Richland County, WI. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Judith Ann Kuentzler

Judith Ann Kuentzler, age 72 of Goodyear, AZ died December 9, 2019, in Glendale, AZ. She was born October 16, 1947, in York, PA to Harold and Madeline (Bryer) Crumling. She graduated from West York High School and received a degree in accounting from ITE. Judy worked as a waitress at the Sunflower Restaurant as a teenager, then at the Town Tavern when she turned 21. After receiving her degree, she worked as a shipping clerk for Sullivan Graphics where she was responsible for ensuring that the right coupon inserts were delivered to the right newspapers. She later worked in the Assessor’s Office at the York County Courthouse. After being diagnosed with MS, Judy began working in a home-based business as a customer representative for Market America. She excelled as a virtual shopper and was able to retire at the age of 50.

Judy was an avid shopper. She would spend hours visiting multiple stores patiently hunting for the exact item that she needed. Christmas was her favorite holiday because she loved the thrill of searching for and finding precisely the right gift. Greeting cards were equally as important to her as gifts. If a card didn’t express her complete sentiment, she would give multiple cards to ensure that her feelings were clearly articulated. Her habits earned her numerous Gold Crown points from Hallmark Cards over the years.

Judy loved with all of her heart and cared for life-long friends and adoptive kids with equal dedication. She volunteered as a child advocate and served on several boards for at-risk children. Intelligent and very determined, she never let the disabilities that came with MS get in the way of her living a full life on her terms.

Judy is survived by her husband and best friend of 47 years, Elwood C. Kuentzler; daughters, Melissa Fry and Christine Brooks; sisters, Patricia Detwiler and Linda Sullivan; brothers, James, Robert, and Kenneth Crumling; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a date and time yet to be determined. The family suggests that donations be made to the National MS Society.org. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Timothy Randolph Rich

Timothy Randolph Rich, age 62 of Shasta Lake, CA died December 5, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born August 14, 1957, in San Francisco, CA, the oldest of three sons born to Douglas and Marjorie Rich. He grew up in Redding, CA and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1976. He continued his vocational training and received his C-38, California Refrigeration Contractor License.

Curious and intelligent, Timothy and his brothers provided a challenge for their parents to raise. The traits that were so challenging as a teenager became some of his greatest strengths as he matured. He had a mischievous sense of humor that would garner either appreciation or frustration, depending on the situation. He loved to socialize and was often the life of the party. An excellent listener, his genuine interest in others endeared him to a diverse group of friends.

A consummate outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, camping, and gold mining. He loved to travel and would immerse himself in the history of where he was visiting, often reading all he could from books and the internet to fully understand a place and time. He was a collector.   Historical items, things that captured his imagination, and equipment that he could recycle were all part of his collection.

Timothy is survived by his partner, Georgia McNeil, who loved and supported him, especially through his illness; and brothers, Jeffrey and Patrick Rich. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marjorie and Douglas Rich. A memorial service will be held at a time and place yet to be determined. The family suggests that donations be made to the Cancer Treatment Center of America, Goodyear, AZ. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Frederick Jon Daniels

Frederick J. Daniels, died peacefully on 2 December 2019, at Hospice of the Valley-Sherman Home. He was born 14 July 1936 in Casper, Wyoming, the son of Frederick and Helen (Forman) Daniels.

Fred graduated from North High School, Phoenix, Class of 1954. Following graduation, he attended New Mexico State University to study engineering where he met and married Josephine Pearce. Jo and Fred celebrated 62 years of marriage in January. After college Fred was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. In his twenty year career Fred rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as a Master Navigator. Following his Air Force career Fred engaged in his passion for aviation as an instructor of Air Frame & Power Plant Mechanics at University of North Dakota, Chandler-Gilbert Airport campus. As a civilian Inspection Authorization mechanic, pilot, and flight instructor, Fred was an avid general aviation enthusiast and member of AOPA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother William. Fred is survived by his wife, Jo (Pearce) Daniels; his daughter, Leslie Quinn and her husband Kevin, of Fountain Hills; his son Jay Daniels and his wife Paige (Chapman) Daniels, of Tucson; and three grandchildren, Cassie Van Omen, Ryan Daniels and Kyle Daniels.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday 16 December at Tuscany Falls Clubhouse, Bordeaux Ballroom, with a reception to follow. If you would like to attend, please navigate to the entry gate at 15872 W. Clubhouse Dr, Goodyear, AZ 85395, and ask the gate guard for directions to the Tuscany Falls Clubhouse. The address of the Tuscany Falls Clubhouse is, 16222 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear, AZ, 85395. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Donald Earl Fritsche, Sr.

Donald Earl Fritsche, Sr. was called home by his Heavenly Father on November 28, 2019 “Thanksgiving Day” at Banner Estrella Hospital in Phoenix, AZ after a brief stay on hospice.

Don was born on April 22, 1935, to Earl Fritsche and Emma Fay Fritsche in Orange, CA.  In 1953 he graduated from Lincoln High School, Los Angeles, CA. He then studied and completed courses at Mt. San Antonio College in Hydraulic Systems Design, basic engineering, and descriptive geometry.  He met the love of his life, Rose Marie Bartko, at the Free Methodist Church, in Highland Park, CA and married her in 1955.

Don loved the Lord and was never shy about sharing his faith in Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, God, and friend.  Don took part in planting the Free Methodist Church, in Orangevale, CA.

As he began his career Don was extremely gifted and sought out for his excellent engineering skills.  He was employed from 1953-64 by Areojet General and then went on to work for Lockheed Martin from 1965-69 in Redlands, CA.  As Don traveled for business he built a relationship with Les Fike, Sr. and accepted an offer as Chief Engineer, at Fike Metal Products beginning in 1969 located in Blue Springs, MO.  During his time there, Don also served as a deacon and member of Blue Springs Baptist Church.

He and his wife Rose Marie moved to Goodyear, AZ in 2002.  They made their new home in the PebbleCreek Community and are members of the Pebble Creek Community Church in Goodyear, AZ.

Don was creative and enjoyed woodworking with his hands.  He had a fabulous sense of humor, loved great conversation, and eating out with family and friends whom he loved and adored.  He enjoyed traveling.  Some of his most memorable vacations were to the Holy Lands, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Don is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Rose Marie Fritsche, of Goodyear, AZ;  daughter, Debi George and son-in-law, Ken of Goodyear, AZ; son Donald Earl Fritsche, Jr. of Bates City, MO; son, Randy Alan Fritsche, and daughter-in-law Martha of Lee’s Summit, MO; daughter, Lynelle Sanders and son-in-law Jim of Springfield, MO.

Surviving grandchildren include granddaughter, Lori Marchasault and her husband Doug and great-grandsons, Mason and Myles of Coventry, RI; grandson, Brandon Coats, wife, Jenn, and great-granddaughters, Averi and Addison of Roanoke, TX; granddaughter, Shauna Parks, husband, Brett, great-granddaughter Breanna and great-grandson Amos of Oak Grove, MO; granddaughter, Dustie Foster, husband, Matt, and great-granddaughters, Wilah and Vedah of Oak Grove, MO; grandson, Ethan Fritsche and wife Bree of Blue Springs, MO; grandson, Jaxon Pierce Fritsche, and granddaughter, Piper Rose Fritsche of Lake Lotawana, MO; granddaughter, Amanda Foley, husband, Stephen, great-grandson, Lincoln Noah, and great-granddaughter, Violet Mae of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandson, Zack Fritsche of Oak Grove, MO; granddaughter, Whitney Bruette, husband, Dave, great-granddaughter, Adlee Raymond and great-grandson, Gentry of Sparta, MO; grandson, Alex Sanders of Scottsdale, AZ; grandson, Brian George, great-granddaughter, Claire, and great-grandson, Cohen of Nixa, MO; grandson, Chris George, wife, Scotti, and great-grandson, Ryker of Spokane, MO, and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Fletcher Fritsche; his mother, Emma Fay Fritsche; uncle, Bill Broyles; aunt, Betty Broyles, Auntie Ruth Duplice, grandson Amos Fritsche, along with many other loved ones.

A gathering will begin at 1:00 pm with a Celebration of Life at 2:00 pm, Saturday, December 7, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ 85338. Pastor Bob Ripley of Pebble Creek Community Church will officiate. There will be time to visit and share memories with family and friends in the foyer following the service with coffee, tea, and cookies.

A pending date for the burial of ashes will be announced for family and friends at a later date in Oak Grove, MO.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Americare Hospice & Palliative Care, 1212 N. Spencer Street, #2, Mesa, AZ 85203 Tel: (480) 726-7773, www.americarehospice.com. Condolences for the family may be left below.

Larry Brown

On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, Larry Brown currently of Arizona, formerly of Gooding, ID, passed away suddenly and peacefully in his sleep after a full day of family fun at his sister’s house in Waddell, AZ at the age of 71. He and his wife, high school sweethearts since 1966, enjoyed their retirement in good health and to the fullest with two years of full-time RVing and traveling throughout the U.S. They had the best of times with friends and family making memories. In retirement, Larry enjoyed helping many with projects whether it was in Kenai, AK or in Kingman, AZ. He was always ready and willing to see it done to completion. His grandkids were the pride and joy of his life. He always had a special and unique nickname for all of those he loved. He is survived by his wife Jackie, and children Justin (Crystal) and Jenni (Jason) and four precious grandchildren, Lainee, Brylee, Alec and Rhia. The family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers. No services are planned at this time but will be announced at a later date. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

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